Luke Honey | Decorative Antiques, Chess, Backgammon & Games



May 16, 2024

Please note. This is a part chess set. Three pieces are missing: One black rook, one black pawn and a brown (or neutral) pawn. The ‘canted’ or slanted tops of the knights are part of the original design.

Black Side:

Four pawns with tiny chips to the baluster turning, king and queen with lean and chips to the turning.

Brown Side: 

Nice toffee patination. Chipping to king crown, chip to base of rook, chip to pawn base, tiny chip to queen baluster.


April 12, 2024

Good. BCC stamp on either side of the frame. The usual surface nicks and minor dents. Nice wax polish to surface.


January 08, 2024

Good. Minor age dents and scuffs to the surface. Please feel to contact me if you need further photographs.


January 05, 2024

Good. Red baize in nice condition. A few scratches and surface blemishes, minor hairline cracks and one small (neat) repair to square. Board folds in half.


January 02, 2024

Excellent. In a near-mint, unused condition. With the original wax wrapper. The Ming wind discs and dice are still in their original wrapper and have never been used.


December 22, 2023

Good. Small chip to spike of Black Queen Crown, plus a further tiny chip to another spike. Box comes with key.


October 07, 2023

Generally good. Some rubbing to the red stain. Nice example of an antique English bone chess set in a classic pattern.


October 06, 2023

Boxwood Side:

Faint hairline crack to top of King, natural flaw to centre of King stem, and resulting slight lean, faint hairline crack to lower section of Queen. Nice patination to the boxwood.

Ebony Side:

Restoration to Queen spike, tiny chip to baluster rim of bishop and rook.


‘Very Good’. With a sliding lid. Probably of a later date than the chess set.


October 03, 2023

Rosewood Side:

‘Very Good’. Baizes in excellent condition.

Boxwood Side:

‘Very Good’. Surface dirt, but otherwise in excellent condition.


'Very Good’. Lovely quality. Period pencilled annotation to the inside of the lid.


October 02, 2023

Lovely condition. Slightly faded to the exterior. Interior immaculate. One shaker. Sold with an original Dunhill receipt.


September 25, 2023

Boxwood Side:

Nice shiny surface patination, hairline crack to base of King, minor chip to Queen baluster, minor surface dirt, hairline crack to Rook, hairline crack to two Pawns. But overall, ‘Good’.

Ebony Side:

Minor chips to two Pawns. Otherwise, ‘Good’, with a nice shiny surface patina.


‘Good’. Nice shiny patination. A few scuffs. Green baize lining ‘Very Good’. No key.


July 26, 2023

Good. A few dents to the wooden border and on one corner. Inlay clean and flat. A few wood stratification marks visible to the satin-birch squares. Metal plaques, good, with nice, crisp inscriptions. Good quality mahogany panel to the reverse.


July 10, 2023

Good. Lovely set. Minor scuffs, and minor scratches to mahogany box, including a little bit of wear to the varnish on the lid. Comes with key.


July 04, 2023

Good. A nice example.

Boxwood Side:

Nice shiny ‘toffee patination’. Slight lean to one white bishop. Green baizes (to the undersides) a bit worn to the edges. Otherwise, good.

Ebony Side:

Green baizes slightly worn. Otherwise, good.


Green label immaculate- with only a few very minor indentations. Top half of lock absent (please see photograph). Minor scuffs and scratches to the mahogany. Otherwise ‘Good’.



June 23, 2023

Bovine stratification marks visible. Some rubbing to the red stain. Surface slightly grubby in places. Otherwise ‘good’.


June 15, 2023

Good. A nice weighted example.Two chips to pawn collars professional repaired. Hairline crack to black knight and black pawn professionally repaired. Original felts: Weights slightly protruding in places. Box good. Minor hairline cracks and the usual minor scuffs and minor dents. Green label immaculate. No key.

Please feel free to contact me for a detailed condition report.


June 08, 2023

Good. Brass hinges intact. Crack to back panel on box. Tiles good. Sold with a rules pamphlet by Max Robertson.


May 09, 2023

Good. Nice, decent set with lovely tiles. Hand-written numbered annotations (in ink) to drawer fronts. Please see photographs. Brass mounts slightly lifting on corners. Crack to underside of one wooden drawer.


April 05, 2023

Good. Full working order. Brass slightly tarnished. Nice example.


February 08, 2023

Generally ‘Very Good’. All flags intact. Some minor hairline cracks and minor surface scuffs and dents. Box dates from the 1930s.